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Rob Andrews & Bob Menendez on CREW’s List: Most Corrupt Members of Congress

Watchdog group CREW – Citizens for Responsibility & Ethics in Washington – today named two members of New Jersey’s congressional delegation to their annual list of the Most Corrupt Members of Congress 2013; Rep. Rob Andrews and Sen. Bob Menendez.

Only four Dems are on the list; Menendez and Andrews are half (the other two are from NY). New Jersey’s 15% of the list. Only other senator? Mitch McConnell. Both are under investigation; Andrews by the House Ethics Committee, and Menendez by Senate Ethics. CREW was instrumental at pointing the finger at both, so it should surprise nobody they’re trumpeting their own work.

robert_menendez_new_jersey_corruptionBob Menendez: It was CREW that sent documents to the FBI and DOJ. The suspicion about Menendez’ dealings in the Domincan Republic was sexed up by allegations that he cavorted with underage prostitutes, an anonymous charge that is  likely a right-wing fabrication and smear job. But Menendez has had a harder time offloading suspicion that he used his position to benefit longtime friend Dr. Solomon Melgen, a Florida eye doctor who has donated to Menendez for years.

rob_andrews_new_jersey_corruptionRob Andrews: CREW says this:

Donors to Rep. Rob Andrews’ campaigns likely have no idea that the congressman is treating his campaign account like a personal piggy bank.

With Andrews, it’s about alleged misspending of campaign funds on personal luxury expenses; a family trip to Scotland, airline travel to L.A. for himself and his daughter, who wants a career in show business, and a graduation party for another daughter. One thing new to me was Andrews earmarking more than $1.5M for Rutgers Law School, his wife’s employer (you remember Camille Andrews).

CREW’s got a page on each lawmaker on their list. This is what they say about Menendez. Here’s the page on Andrews.

 

CREW wants probe of Christie/Rove conversations

The Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) want a further look into the Christie/Rove conversations and whether they crossed the line:

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) asked the Office of the Special Counsel (“OSC”) to investigate whether former United States Attorney for the District of New Jersey Chris Christie violated the Hatch Act by discussing a run for Governor of New Jersey with then-White House official Karl Rove while he was still the U.S. Attorney.

And their Executive Director was pretty blunt in her assessment:

CREW executive director Melanie Sloan stated, “The Hatch Act is intended to ensure federal employees do their jobs without regard to partisan politics. Mr. Christie’s actions call into question whether the New Jersey U.S. Attorney’s Office investigated and prosecuted cases based on application of the law to the facts, or because certain prosecutions might have enhanced his prospects of securing the Republican nomination for governor.”

You can view their complaint and exhibits here. Corzine himself had a pretty candid assessment of Christie’s actions, which we posted as the quote of the day yesterday:

RU Sports Decisions Stink

Folks who read here in the fall probably know that I am a huge Rutgers football team, and defend the University’s decision to pour more money and resources into the program.  I found it unfortunate that other programs had to be cut, but I thought that the long term benefits to the state’s colleges would be great.

And then seeing the women’s basketball team rise to such unexpected heights, and with such amazing class after the Imus mess, made me even more proud.

But now I am reading that even when donors pledged to fund them Rutgers will not revisit it’s decision to cut six lower-profile sports programs.

The Rutgers University Board of Governors says the decision to cut six intercollegiate sports at the end of the school year is final, even though donors are pledging millions of dollars to fund them.

Students, family members and donors who oppose the decision to cut the six sports – men’s heavyweight crew, men’s lightweight crew, men’s fencing, men’s swimming and diving, men’s tennis and women’s fencing – voiced their disapproval at the board’s meeting Friday. . .

The teams’ supporters say they’ve raised about $3 million in pledges to save the sports.

In a letter read at the meeting, Bruce Nicholas of Greenwich, Conn., said he would give $1 million to save the crew team.

“I intend to do even more,” wrote Nicholas, who has already donated $1 million to crew.

President McComick explained that they cannot support the programs on donations every year, so will not try.

What a load of crap.  They raise endowments all the time.  If you have a guy who has the money to give $2 or more million to a sport, then he has the connections to raise more. 

I really don’t care much about any of these sports, though I used to be a diver, but the decision here is ridiculous.  If they can spend millions more on football, they can accept millions in donations for other sports.